Archives for May 7, 2005

Police jail driver they say hit nurses

Update on the Arlington Nurses : Star-Telegram | 05/07/2005 | Police jail driver they say hit nurses.

Posted on Sat, May. 07, 2005

Police jail driver they say hit nurses

By Susan Schrock

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

ARLINGTON – A woman who police say intentionally struck two nurses with her car in an Arlington hospital parking lot was booked into jail Friday morning after psychiatric evaluation.

Gladys Wangui, 34, of Arlington is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She is in the Arlington Jail with bail set at $50,000.

Witnesses told police that Wangui appeared to speed up as she drove toward the two women.

One nurse was taken by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she remained in serious condition Friday, police said.

The other nurse was treated at the scene.

Wangui was taken to JPS for emergency psychiatric evaluation and was transferred to police custody about 10:30 a.m. Friday, police said.

She has not told investigators why she hit the women, Alanis said.

"We don’t know what her intent was or her mental state," said Alanis.

He added that Wangui does not have a criminal record.

The assailant is in jail, one nurse is home, but another is in the Trauma center.  Keep your eyes open and expect threats around the hospital.

CPR instructions should focus on chest compressions

For those who don’t know what to do:  CPR instructions should focus on continuous chest compressions, UT Southwestern physicians recommend.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructions given over the phone by emergency dispatchers to lay rescuers should focus primarily on continuous chest compressions instead of the traditional ABC’s – "airway, breathing, circulation," according to Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Please note this is only for telephone recommendations from emergency dispatchers to bystanders doing CPR.  The article is well-written, and recommends that people who know what they’re doing (regular CPR, with breaths given, etc) ‘should be encouraged to continue’, but this is aimed at the person who doesn’t know CPR, or is too stressed out to do anything but chest compressions.